Dear Friends of SMEA,
Greetings. I trust all of you are in good health. As we begin the new academic year in a few days, I want to reflect on our accomplishments and vision for the future. The COVID outbreak and the pandemic of violence against Black people have raised important issues for our communities and have deeply influenced our teaching, research, and service.
Securing equitable access to healthy environment, open space, and sustainably harvested natural resources, ensuring all voices are heard, and protecting the natural environment for future generations are among the core values that inform and motivate SMEA research, teaching, and outreach. SMEA faculty, staff, and students have all been interrogating ways in which the School might become more effective agents of change to answer the calls for social justice.Read more
Danielle (Rioux) Blacklock ’09 was selected as the next director of NOAA Fisheries’
Office of Aquaculture. Danielle began her new post in mid-March, continuing her decade-long service to NOAA. Most recently, she was the Senior Policy Advisor for Aquaculture at NOAAA Fisheries. Danielle was kind enough to serve as one of the inaugural speakers for the SMEA Speakers Series, and offered a talk “Untapped Potential: Marine Aquaculture in the United States”.
Recent SMEA Graduates Elise Lasky, Emily Buckner, and Henry Bell have been awarded the Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellowship for 2020-2021. This fellowship places highly motivated, qualified individuals with marine and coastal host offices throughout Washington, providing fellows with a unique perspective on building marine policy and allowing them to share their academic expertise with the host offices.
This year’s host offices include the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Pacific Northwest Crab Research Group and the Port of Seattle.
This Fall’s Graduate Climate Conference is being sponsored in part by the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. The event, which is organized by graduate students for graduate students, is an interdisciplinary opportunity to examine climate change research and collaborate around various approaches to mitigation.
The conference is in its 14th year, and graduate students from hundreds of academic institutions are represented among the attendees.
How did you decide to become a professor?
I don’t recall making a discrete decision to become a professor. I loved my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and benefited enormously from the mentorship of several faculty members there, particularly Paul Silva, John West, and GF Papenfuss. It seemed like the most natural thing in the world to move on to graduate school, where I had wonderful experiences at the University of British Columbia and at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.Read more
Why did you decide to come to UW’s SMEA for graduate school?
I studied biology as an undergraduate, but it wasn’t until I took a conservation biology class that I began to understand how important the human dimension aspect of climate science is. Following this class, I traveled to Cambodia as part of a research project focusing on food web ecology and fisheries in the Mekong.
Social inequalities, specifically racism and classism, are impacting the biodiversity, evolutionary shifts and ecological health of plants and animals in our cities.
That’s the main finding of a review paper led by the University of Washington, with co-authors at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Michigan, which examined more than 170 published studies and analyzed the influence of systemic inequalities on ecology and evolution.
SMEA Core Faculty member Dr. Cleo Woelfle-Erskine will be working closely with one of 6 master’s students selected for the inaugural Future Rivers cohort. UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences student, Sofi Courtney, will be one of 12 master’s and doctoral students who will be helping to contribute to the growing body of knowledge on freshwater ecosystems and how changes in climate and the environment are protecting these vital resources.Read more
Congratulations to recent SMEA graduate Katy Dalton and soon to graduate Megan McKeown who were selected as Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows for 2021. The 2021 finalists will become the 42nd class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The 74 finalists represent 27 of the 34 Sea Grant programs.
Knauss finalists are chosen through a competitive process that includes several rounds of review at both the state Sea Grant program and national levels.